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Levine withdraws from Tanglewood

Posted by Geoff Edgers  June 14, 2010 12:07 PM

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leveinpic.jpgJames Levine, the Boston Symphony Orchestra's oft-injured music director, will not appear at Tanglewood this summer as he works to recover from back surgery. The news, not altogether a surprise, comes with an all-star cast of replacement conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas (July 9, 16, and 17), Christoph von Dohanyi (August 1 and 2) and Hans Graf (July 25).

In a statement, Levine said: "It is with great personal disappointment that I must withdraw from the upcoming Tanglewood season, and my work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center. My doctors have told me I have made great progress - even beyond their expectations - but have advised me to err on the side of caution and take the summer off to recuperate more fully from the two back surgeries of this past year."

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